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Sharper Iron looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God's Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen. Sharper Iron is hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel.
 
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Rev. Sam Wirgau, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN, studies Exodus 4:1-17 on today’s episode. Pastor Wirgau discusses the nature of signs the LORD gives here and throughout the Scriptures, the LORD’s use of Moses’ mouth, and the grace the LORD shows even to this doubting servant.“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-series on Sharpe ...…
 
Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor of Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC, studies Exodus 3:13-22 on today’s episode. Pastor Mize looks at the name, “I AM,” Yahweh, the LORD, as the name in which Moses was sent, the name that is given and remains upon Christians in Baptism still today. In this name, the LORD promises deliverance for Israe ...…
 
Rev. Mark Barz, senior pastor of Crown of Life Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, studies Exodus 2:23-3:12 on today’s episode. Pastor Barz discusses God’s actions and presence for His people in their oppression, the way His Word creates holy ground, and His promise to equip and be with even Moses as His chosen deliverer.“The Saga of Salvation” ...…
 
Rev. Paul Pater, pastor of Shepherd of the Ridge Lutheran Church in North Ridgeville, OH and Hope Lutheran Church in Sheffield Village, OH, studies Exodus 2:11-22 on today’s episode. Pastor Pater discusses Moses’ identity as both Hebrew and deliverer, his overstepping of his authority in killing the Egyptian, and the reminder of resurrection in ...…
 
Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, studies Exodus 2:1-10 on today’s episode. Pastor Goodman looks at the birth of Moses, the way God turns the means of death into the means of life, and the many Baptismal connections for the Christian life in the midst of persecution still today.“The Saga of Salva ...…
 
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, ND and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Belfield, ND, studies Exodus 1:8-22 on today’s episode. Pastor Heide gives an overview of the Book of Exodus, discusses Egyptian history and context, and looks at how the LORD made foolish the plans of Pharaoh through a miraculous increase ...…
 
Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA and St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, IA studies Genesis 50:15-Exodus 1:7 on today’s episode. Pastor Preus looks at that the reconciliation of the children of Israel that is founded not upon feelings, but upon the forgiveness earned by Christ. Even as one generation dies ...…
 
Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi, TX, studies Genesis 49:28-50:14 on today’s episode. Pastor Beck talks about the death and burial of Jacob, how Christians can confess the truth of the resurrection even with death and burial, and the faithful witness Jacob’s burial gave even to the Egyptians.“In the Beginnin ...…
 
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, ND and St. Peter Lutheran Church in Belfield, ND, studies Genesis 49:1-27 on today’s episode. Pastor Heide looks at the blessings and prophecies Jacob gives to his twelve sons concerning their future tribes, the promise that the Messiah would come through the line of Judah, ...…
 
Rev. James Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, IA studies Genesis 47:29-48:22 on today’s episode. Pastor Preus talks about Jacob’s faith and confession of the two natures in Christ, the blessing of Joseph’s sons in the way of the Gospel, and the Trinitarian blessing Ephraim and Manasseh received.“In the Beginning was the Truth” ...…
 
Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Austin, TX studies Genesis 47:13-28 on today’s episode. Pastor Wolfmueller discusses the economic realities of the famine in Egypt and Canaan, Joseph’s God-given wisdom in his vocation of administering Egypt, and the preaching of the Lord’s Word ...…
 
Rev. Sean Smith, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wine Hill, IL and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Campbell Hill, IL studies Genesis 46:28-47:12 on today’s episode. Pastor Smith discusses how Judah points to the fulfillment in Christ, the importance of Goshen as the place the LORD settled Israel, the Christian life of sojourning, and the bles ...…
 
Rev. James Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, Iowa, joins guest host Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, Nebraska, to study Genesis 45:21-46:27 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about how Jesus is a type of Christ, the fear of the brothers at Joseph’s reveling himself and Joseph’s grace toward th ...…
 
Rev. Adam Koontz, pastor of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz, Pennsylvania, joins guest host Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, Nebraska, to study Genesis 45:1-20 on today’s episode. Rev. Koontz talks about the nuance of Joseph’s relationship and self-reveal to his brothers as well as God providence in the mids ...…
 
Rev. Greg Truwe, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Missouri, studies Genesis 44:14-45:3 on today’s episode. Rev. Truwe talks about whether Joseph could actually perform divination, Judah’s confession and act of sacrifice, Joseph’s role in Egyptian governance, and the consequences of Joseph revealing himself to his brot ...…
 
Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor of the Northeast Kansas Partnership, studies Genesis 43:15-44:13 on today’s episode. Rev. Kilgo talks about Joseph’s testing of his brothers, the troubled consciences of Joseph’s brothers, trusting in the midst of calamities, and confessing secret sins and getting what’s not deserved.“In the Beginning was the Truth” is a ...…
 
Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, Director of Admissions and Director of Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, studies Genesis 42:29-43:14 on today’s episode. Rev. Wietfeldt talks about foretelling the history of Israel, how Joseph is a type of Christ, and the implications of this passage on pastoral care and waiting on ...…
 
Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winside, Nebraska, studies Genesis 42:1-28 on today’s episode. Rev. Goodman talks about God’s means and God’s Will, how God preserves us in truth even when it seems bad to humans, Joseph’s love of his family, and why the conscience matters.“In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-se ...…
 
Rev. David Appold, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, Kentucky, studies Genesis 41:37-57 on today’s episode. Rev. Appold talks about how Joseph is publicly installed in his highly exalted position even after suffering at is brother’s hands and his unjust treatment in the house of Potiphar. The Lord preserved him through his sufferin ...…
 
Rev. Adam Koontz, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz, Pennsylvania, studies Genesis 41:1-36 on today’s episode. Rev. Koontz talks about whether God reveals His will through dreams, if our dreams have significance like Pharoah’s did, how a wise and discerning man behaves, and what we do in the face of an uncertain future.“In the B ...…
 
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, North Dakota, studies Genesis 40:1-23 on today’s episode. Rev. Heide talks about God’s providence, Potiphar’s small change of heart, God speaking through dreams, seeking interpretations from God, and why we should rely on God rather than men.“In the Beginning was the Truth” ...…
 
Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, Iowa, studies Genesis 39:1-23 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about how Joseph’s humiliation leads to his exaltation, how the Lord was with Joseph for the entirety of his time with Potiphar and in prison, Joseph’s example of consistently resisting temptation and his constant ...…
 
Rev. Sean Daenzer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend & Peace Lutheran Church in Barney, North Dakota, studies Genesis 38:1-30 on today’s episode. Rev. Daenzer talks about how the actions in this story are all sinful and not given as an example of good behavior, law and the value of promises regarding Tamar’s actions, and where we ...…
 
Rev. Samuel Wirgau, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, Indiana, studies Genesis 37:12-36 on today’s episode. Rev. Wirgau talks about what leads to the evils carried out by Joseph’s brothers, why this planned premeditated murder is especially heinous, why God allows this to happen, how we see Jesus in this text, and how this story fi ...…
 
Rev. Gaven Mize, pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina, studies Genesis 37:2b-11 on today’s episode. Rev. Mize talks about the chiastic structure of these verses, whether God uses dreams to speak, how Joseph’s narrative is a capstone to Genesis, how Joseph is the most “Christ-like” patriarch, and symbols in revelations ...…
 
Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minnesota, studies Genesis 35:16-37:2a on today’s episode. Rev. Johnson talks about the messianic prophecy in Micah and its relation to this text, the lust for power, the death of Isaac and hardships of Jacob, why these Biblical genealogies are important to the bigger ...…
 
Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, studies Genesis 35:1-15 on today’s episode. Rev. Zimmerman talks about the importance of relationships and vows within the Lord’s religion, how the idea of reconsecrating oneself to the Lord includes removing that with is foreign to the Lord and H ...…
 
Rev. Brian Flamme, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell, New Mexico, studies Genesis 34:1-30 on today’s episode. Rev. Flamme talks about the grief and wickedness of this chapter, Shechem’s lack of remorse and Hamor’s brazenness, what happens with un-confessed sin, and whether Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger and actions.“In t ...…
 
Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg & St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa, studies Genesis 33:1-20 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about Esau’s civil righteousness and his pity of Jacob, Jacob’s gifts to Esau as an offering to the Lord, and Jacob’s faith and boldness in God and His promises.“In the Beg ...…
 
Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, Director of Admission and Director of Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, studies Genesis 32:22-33:4 on today’s episode. Rev. Wietfeldt talks about how Jacob is living in total fear, God’s discipline of Jacob as He wrestles with him, and how Jacob and Esau are reunited and restored.“In the Beginn ...…
 
Rev. Dustin Beck, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, studies Genesis 32:1-21 on today’s episode. Rev. Beck talks about how Jacob is again met with angels, the “saints and archangels” that will inhabit the new creation, trusting in God’s promises, Jacob’s gifts for Esau, and what Jacob thinks is happening next versus wha ...…
 
Rev. Timothy Appel, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville, Texas, studies Genesis 31:25-55 on today’s episode. Rev. Appel talks about the beginning of the end of Jacob’s story, Laban’s genuine/hypocritical accusations against Jacob, mockery of idolatry, boiling over of tensions between Laban and Jacob, and how the LORD protects and even ...…
 
Rev. Harrison Goodman, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winside, Nebraska, studies Genesis 31:1-24 on today’s episode. Rev. Goodman talks about leaning into God’s gifts, how covetousness affects our daily bread, the 4th commandment and vocation to others, how Jacob is a type of Christ, and how to see Jesus in this text. “In the Beginning w ...…
 
Rev. Dr. Adam Filipek, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church & Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, studies Genesis 30:24-43 on today’s episode. Dr. Filipek talks about how this chapter fits into the larger Genesis narrative, what’s with the Divination, why Jacob’s prosperity matters for us, and why the sheep produce spotted and ...…
 
Rev. Chris Hull, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, Texas, studies Genesis 29:31-30:23 on today’s episode. Rev. Hull talks about prayer, our view of children, envy, and in this meditation a teaching on the blessed exchange.“In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of ...…
 
Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor of the Northeast Kansas Partnership, studies Genesis 29:1-30 on today's episode. Rev. Kilgo talks about marriage, adultery, polygamy, the "bride-price", and chastity.“In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of Genesis, focusing on the truth of Jesus, ...…
 
Rev. Adam Filipek, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lidgerwood, North Dakota, studies 2 Corinthians 3:14 on today's episode: "But [the Israelites] minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away." Rev. Filipek talks about the separation o ...…
 
Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, Director of Admission and Director of Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, studies Genesis 28:10-22 on today's episode. Rev. Wietfeldt talks about the not-so-pretty life and times of the patriarchs and how still the Lord blesses them and uses them as a blessing to others.“In the Beginning was the ...…
 
Rev. Shawn Linnell, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Blair, Nebraska, studies Genesis 27:41-28:9 on today’s episode. Rev. Linnell talks about false repentance, how the 4th and 5th Commandments are related, what it means to tempt God, 8th Commandment charity, how God provides through His promises, a blessing versus a wish, and the importance ...…
 
Rev. Greg Truwe, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Missouri, studies Genesis 27:22-40 on today’s episode. Rev. Truwe talks about how blessings given and sworn cannot be revoked, whether Jacob and Esau know the promise, the different parts of the blessing, how curses are part of the blessing, and Esau’s hatred of Jacob. ...…
 
Rev. Zelwyn Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte, North Dakota, studies Genesis 26:34-27:25 on today’s episode. Rev. Heide talks about the two kinds of Hittites, mixed marriages, the different ways everyone sins in this section of Genesis, God’s providence, and how God’s Will cannot be thwarted.“In the Beginning was the Tru ...…
 
Rev. Stephen Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton, Iowa, studies Genesis 26:16-33 on today’s episode. Rev. Preus talks about the relationship between the Philistines and Isaac, how Isaac honors his father and shows faith in the promise, the significance of the Lord speaking to Isaac, and the peace that comes through the Lord’s ble ...…
 
Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, President of the LCMS Minnesota South District, studies Genesis 26:1-16 on today’s episode. Dr. Woodford talks about the contrast of Isaac to Abraham and Jacob, how famine and lack of water affects both physical and spiritual life, how Isaac repeats the same deception of his father, and how the lineage of Jesus is made ...…
 
Rev. David Appold, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, Kentucky, studies Genesis 25:25-34 on today’s episode. Rev. Appold talks about God’s gracious election as seen in Jacob’s story, the significance of the birth order and names of the brothers, the significance of Jacob getting Esau to give up his birthright, and what Jacob’s inher ...…
 
Rev. Peter Ill, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, studies Genesis 25:19-26 on today’s episode. Rev. Ill talks about the barrenness in the family line leading to prayer, how prayer reminds us of God’s promises and faithfulness, when we all question the “why” of what God does, the two nations coming from Rebekah, and how G ...…
 
Rev. Jeremiah Johnson, pastor of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minnesota, studies Genesis 25:1-18 on today’s episode. Rev. Johnson talks about Abraham’s marriage to Keturah, the inheritance of Isaac, the difference between concubines and wives, the death of Abraham, the blessing of Isaac, and the generations of Ishmael.“In the Be ...…
 
Rev. Dr. John Bombaro, Director of Spiritual Fitness for the Chaplain of the Marine Corps’ Office at The Pentagon, and editor of The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics, studies Genesis 24:50-67 on today’s episode. Dr. Bombaro talks about the great story of all scripture (and how it’s all about Jesus), the meaning of names, the work ...…
 
Rev. Adam Koontz, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz, Pennsylvania, studies Genesis 24:15-51 on today’s episode. Rev. Koontz talks about how a man chooses a wife, why this story seems unattainably quaint, the urgency of God’s promises, forming families that last, and how this is this only successfully monogamous marriage among th ...…
 
Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, studies Genesis 24:1-15 on today’s episode. Rev. Zimmerman talks about Abraham’s desire for Isaac to be married, the importance of the servant’s role in this process, the solemn agreement between the servant and Abraham, and the role of marriage a ...…
 
Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado, studies Genesis 23:1-20 on today’s episode. Rev. Wolfmueller talks about the only land Abraham will ever own, the tomb that both Sarah and Abraham were buried in that’s still in Hebron today, marriage and death as two of the perpetual factors of human existence, and the ...…
 
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